All-section players Stofanak, Remlinger return for Highlanders
Seniors Greg Stofanak and Jeff Remlinger are two of the top returning players on the Baldwin boys' varsity volleyball team this season.
Stofanak is a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, while Remlinger is a 6-foot right-side hitter.
Both were all-section players last year when Baldwin advanced to the WPIAL playoffs as the No. 9 seed in the Class AAA division.
Stofanak was a second-team all-section selection at outside hitter for the Highlanders.
“Greg was probably our best all-around player (last year),” Eric Falcione, Baldwin's head coach, said.
“He's a very intelligent player who (can) hit around the block as good as anyone has in recent years at Baldwin.”
Remlinger received a third-team all-section nod as a junior.
“Jeff played right-side all season, and had a tremendous amount of kills from there. He also was one of the team leaders in blocks,” Falcione said. “He worked well with our setter, Fitz Doyle, as they were able to run some plays together.
“(Remlinger's) strength is not only his athletic ability but that of an emotional leader. He (has) the ability to get the momentum on our side. Once he is on a roll, there's no stopping him.”
Another key player for the Highlanders in 2013 is Ben Scherz, a 5-7 senior libero.
Scherz was a defensive standout last season. Big things are expected of him in 2013, according to his head coach.
“Ben surprisingly did not make the (section) all-star team, but he certainly played at an all-star level,” Falcione said. “He is a gritty, smart, hard-nosed player who was solid at his position. We look forward to him leading the defense.”
Baldwin is a senior-driven squad this year, as there are 12 senior athletes dominating the varsity roster.
Along with Stofanak, Remlinger and Scherz, the senior class is represnted by Mason Flanigan, an outside hitter; Chris Hirsch, a defensive specialist; Paul Clinton, a right-side hitter; Stefan Ayers, a middle blocker; Marshall Hartman, an outside hitter; Joe Doyle, a setter; Max Schaefer, a middle blocker; Mark Chajkowski, a right-side hitter/middle blocker; and Mike McCormick, a middle blocker.
Rounding out the squad are juniors Brandon Keller and Nick Jugovic, a pair of liberos, and Alex Hissong and Shane Perko, a pair of right-side hitters.
Ayers and Hissong are the only newcomers to the team; all others competed for Baldwin last season.
The Highlanders, who dropped a 3-2 decision to eighth-seed Penn-Trafford in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last year, are scheduled to host Canon-McMillan tonight, Thursday, and visit Peters Township, tomorrow, Friday.
The local squad will host Central Catholic on April 11.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.